Even if none of the other actors at Friday's (Nov. 6) "Twilight Saga: New Moon" press day knew when Summit hopes to shoot the franchise's fourth installment, Robert Pattinson has "Breaking Dawn" on his schedule.
"I think the tentative time for 'Breaking Dawn' is fall of next year," Pattinson says of the project, currently without a script or a director. "I think. They may well change that."
While Pattinson sounds far from sure about that timetable, he knows he has projects he wants to get to first. Although Pattinson joked to reporters that he only had three days off in 2009, his 2010 sounds no clearer.
After spending the next couple months promoting "New Moon" around the world, Pattinson is hoping to start production on "Bel Ami," an adaptation of Guy de Maupassant's short story, in February.
After that, the once-and-future Edward Cullen is hoping to transition directly into "Unbound Captives," a period Western co-starring Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz and representing the featuring directing debut of actress Madeline Stowe.
"I play a kid who was kidnapped by Comanches when it was four years old and brought up by them and then his mother spends her entire life trying to find me and my sister," Pattinson explains to reporters. "And when she finds us, we can't know who she is or anything about the Western culture she grew up in. I speak in Comanche the whole movie. You can't really be more different from Edward."
He adds, "I actually signed on to that after I did 'Twilight,' but in the summer, a couple months after I finished. It was really before anything had happened. It was just a cool script... It reminds me in a lot of ways of 'Giant.'"
Pattinson knows that he's in a very particular place in his career. Since doing "Twilight" and becoming a worldwide star, he's only shot one film outside of the franchise, 2010's "Remember Me," while the release of "Little Ashes," shot pre-"Twilight," stirred up negligible box office buzz.
"I'm still a little bit blind as to what my actual economic viability is outside of the series," Pattinson admits.
Suddenly, he's a big enough star that parts are getting thrown at him, but that's produced a new level of wariness.
"It's definitely different, because you get offered stuff that you'd never dreamed of getting offered before, but that's scary as well, because you don't have to audition for anything, so you're like, 'Well I don't want to do a movie just because it gets made,'" he says.
Pattinson adds, "Before 'Twilight,' I did any movie I got and you try to do the best of it, but now you're expected to go come into the movie and provide not only economic viability, but performance as well because people are like 'You can't just mess around. We're employing you to be a star and an actor.' It's difficult and it's scary."